BEEF CAT TLE AND timber are ideally suited to the land Chris
Langley farms near his home at Camp Hill, Ala. About half of his
income comes from timber, the other half from beef.
His farm is 2,650 acres, of which 2,402 acres are owned and 248
are rented. “Our rented land is mainly pasture,” says Langley, who
sets and meets annual production goals.
His success as a beef and timber producer has resulted in his
selection as state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo
Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. He joins nine others as
finalists for the overall award that will be announced Tuesday, Oct.
17, at the Sunbelt Expo farm show at Moultrie, Ga.
“I’m a fifth generation farmer,” says Langley, “and my children will
be sixth generation farmers.” As a child, he raised hogs, rabbits, goats,
and chickens. Selling eggs brought him spending money. By age 16,
he had bought a beef heifer and a pulpwood truck. He cut pulpwood
during evenings and on Saturdays. At age 18, he bought his first land.
Langley isn’t a consulting forester, but he provides similar
services, working with landowners to provide first, second, and
third thinnings of timber, along with final sawtimber harvests.
He controls weedy vegetation, establishes firebreaks, and does
prescribed burning and site preparation for new tree stands.
His timber business has grown, and he now has three mechanized
timber harvesting crews. He harvests his own timber and buys
timber from other landowners. “I haul to pulp mills, chip and
sawmills, plywood mills, and pole mills,” he says. He harvests trees
within 100 miles of Camp Hill. In addition to his timber and cattle,
he also owns a trucking business.
Langley builds relationships; he now is harvesting trees from
2017 Alabama Farmer of the Year
three generations of landowners. “I can show you where I have
done a final cut, replanted the trees, thinned them twice, and
then did a final cut again,” he says.
His cattle numbers are impressive. The herd includes 320 cows,
297 calves, 12 bulls, and 67 bred replacement heifers. “We have
an Angus-based herd and we use SimAngus, Hereford, and Angus
bulls.” He uses Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) scores for birth
weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, and milk production to
Chris Langley named
Chris and Elizabeth Langley.